Ergonomics for Therapists, 3rd Edition

Ergonomics for Therapists, 3rd Edition


Ergonomics for Therapists, 3rd Edition is a comprehensive introduction to ergonomics in the workplace. Thoroughly revised with the latest ergonomic techniques and strategies, this reader-friendly resource gives you the foundation you need to help clients maximize efficiency and prevent workplace injuries before they occur.
  • Reader-friendly approach makes complex material easier to grasp.
  • Client-centered framework helps you understand the client's critical role in maintaining an ergonomically sound environment.
  • 6 new chapters give you vital scientific support for the latest ergonomic developments in:
    • Macroergonomics
    • Ergonomics/Work Assessments
    • Ergonomics for Children and Youth in the Educational Environment
    • Ergonomics of Aging
    • Ergonomics of Play and Leisure
    • Entrepreneurship
  • Revised Cognitive and Behavioral Occupational Demands of Work, Physical Environment, and Certifications and Professional Associations in Ergonomics report key changes so you can provide your clients with the most current approaches to critical areas and ensure professional success.
  • Case studies and learning exercises in every chapter test your ability to apply principles and solve problems in realistic scenarios.
  • Learning objectives, glossary boxes, and review questions identify the most important concepts in each chapter and make learning more focused and effective.
  • New photographs and illustrations help you implement what you've learned by demonstrating ergonomics in action.
Part I: Overview and Conceptual Framework

1. Ergonomics and Therapy: An Introduction

2. A Client-Centered Framework for Therapists in Ergonomics

3. Macroergonomics

Part II: Knowledge, Tools, and Techniques

4. Ergonomic Assessments/Work Assessments

5. Anthropometry

6. Basic Biomechanics

7. Cognitive and Behavioral Occupational Demands of Work

8. Psychosocial Factors in Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders

9. Physical Environment

10. Human Factors in Medical Rehabilitation Equipment: Product Development and Usability Testing

Part III: Special Considerations

11. Lifting Analysis

12. Seating

13. Computers and Assistive Technology

Part IV: Application Process

14. Ergonomics of Children and Youth

15. Ergonomics of Aging

16. Ergonomics in Injury Prevention and Disability Management

17. Ergonomics of Play and Leisure

18. Evidence-Based Practice in Ergonomics

Part V: Resources

19. Certifications and Professional Associations in Ergonomics

20. Economics and Marketing of Ergonomic Services

21. Entrepreneurship

Appendix A. Job Analysis and Design Considerations

Appendix B. Ergonomic Information Sheets for Consumers

Appendix C. Answers to Review Questions
Karen Jacobs, EdD, OTR/L, CPE, FAOTA
EdD, OTR/L, CPE, FAOTA, Clinical Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy and Rehabilitation Counseling, Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Boston University, Boston, MA
Clinical Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy, Boston University, Boston; President, American Occupational Therapy Association, Bethesda, Maryland


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